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Significant morbidity and mortality is caused by healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), including surgical site infections (SSIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and other healthcare-related infections and conditions caused by drug-resistant pathogens that jeopardize patient safety.

  • Study in Mice Suggests How Anesthesia May Fight Lung Infections
    In use for more than a century, inhaled anesthetics like nitrous oxide and halothane have made modern surgery possible. Now, in experiments in mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have added to evidence that certain so-called "volatile" anesthetics -- commonly ...More
    September 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Dogs, Humans Should Avoid Warm Lakes to Dodge Pythiosis
    University of Florida scientists warn against letting your dog swim in warm water bodies after they found several lakes with a pathogen that can make canines sick. Animals, including dogs and horses, can contract pythiosis from swimming spores, says Erica Goss, a UF/IFAS ...More
    August 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Survey Finds Nearly All Contact Lens Wearers Engage In Risky Eye Care That Can Lead to Infections
    Almost all of the 41 million estimated contact lens wearers in the United States may be engaging in at least one behavior known to increase their risk of eye infections, according to a report published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly ...More
    August 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Indicates Breastfeeding Could Reduce Common Infections Among Indigenous Infants
    Promoting breastfeeding could lead to a substantial reduction in common infections and even deaths that are more common in Indigenous infants than non-Indigenous infants, a new study suggests. Indigenous infants in Canada experience gastrointestinal infection, lower ...More
    August 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Persistent Severe Back Pain Could Indicate Rare Spine Infection
    Patients with back pain that doesn’t go away despite therapy may have a spine infection that could lead to paralysis or death if not diagnosed and treated correctly, note the first U.S. guidelines on vertebral osteomyelitis, released by the Infectious Diseases Society ...More
    July 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vitamin A Supplementation May Cause the Immune System to Forget Past Infections
    Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July ...More
    June 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Contact Lens Wearers May Get More Infections Because Their Microbiomes Changed
    Using high-precision genetic tests to differentiate the thousands of bacteria that make up the human microbiome, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center suggest that they have found a possible -- and potentially surprising -- root cause of the increased frequency of ...More
    June 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Approved for Treating Infant Abdominal Infections
    The antibiotic meropenem was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating abdominal infections in children less than 3 months of age. The approval came after a study by a National Institutes of Health research network evaluated the drug in treating ...More
    May 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • Infections Can Affect Your IQ
    New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. The study is the largest of its kind to date, and it shows a clear correlation between infection levels and impaired cognition. Anyone can suffer from an infection, for example in ...More
    May 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Anti-stroke Drug is Effective Treatment for Middle-ear Infections
    An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according to researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Rochester. ...More
    May 22, 2015 Posted in News